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August 25, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Japan expands state of emergency as Covid case build continues

By Paul Dennis

25 August

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 213,396,000, with more than 4,455,000 deaths reported.

In Southeast Asia, Covid-19 cases in Indonesia have started trending downward after peaking toward the end of July, while Vietnam continues to grapple with its outbreak.

In Vietnam, daily case numbers have surpassed 10,000 in recent days, while daily confirmed deaths peaked at over 730 over the weekend.

Less than 2% of Vietnam’s population is fully vaccinated, leaving much of the country vulnerable to Covid-19 and at higher risk for hospitalization and death.

In Japan, daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 have continued to exceed 20,000 cases since the end of last week.

Today, Japan expanded its state of emergency, which now covers 21 of the country’s 47 prefectures and is expected to last until 12 September.

The expanded emergency order is an effort to curb the current surge in Covid-19 cases and prevent additional cases as the Tokyo Paralympics get underway.

Nearly 41% of Japan’s population is fully vaccinated, but this still leaves a large portion of the country vulnerable to severe illness and death from Covid-19.

Shaina Stacy, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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